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Tall Fescue



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Schedonorus arundinaceus

Tall Fescue is a long-lived perennial, deep-rooted bunch grass native to Northern Europe. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall, with a bushy habit, and broad, dark green leaves. Heat, drought, and shade tolerant, germinates quickly, and performs well under a wide range of soil pH and textures. Used as a turf, pasture, and reclamation grass. There are endophytic free varieties of tall fescue for pastures.


  • Lifespan: perennial
  • Season: cool
  • Uses: forage
  • Native or Introduced: Native
  • Annual Average Precipitation: 16 inches
  • Field Seeding Rate (lbs/acre): 5 to 8
  • Turf Seeding Rate (lbs/1000 s.f.): 7 to 9
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